Funding boost for ‘affordable’ housing

A THREE billion pound funding pot is being made available to Scottish local authorities to oversee the delivery of ‘affordable’ homes over the next five years.

Says a Scottish Government announcement (here): “Council areas across Scotland are to share more than £3.2 billion in grant funding over five years to deliver more affordable homes.”

The announcement adds: “Local authorities will benefit from an increase of more than £541 million on the previous five-year allocation – an uplift of more than 20 per cent.

Housing secretary, Shona Robison MSP, is quoted, as saying: “We have already delivered more than 102,000 affordable homes since 2007. Building on this, our aim is to deliver 100,000 affordable homes by 2032, with at least 70 per cent of these for social rent.”

The announcement includes details (here), indicating the resources available to councils to assist in planning and delivery of affordable homes for 2021-22 to 2025-26.

Plus a link to Housing to 2040, published in March 2021, described as “Scotland’s first long-term national housing strategy with a vision for what we want housing to look like and how it will be provided to the people of Scotland, no matter where they live and what point in their life they are at”.

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